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Franchising - key issues

Franchising - key issues
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Franchising remains a growth industry in New Zealand that is becoming increasingly complex and specialised and it is important that practitioners are able to provide their clients with effective advice on potentially life changing decisions. This seminar will cover the fundamentals of advising your clients on entry into a franchise agreement and working through some of the common disputes that may emerge both in the course of the relationship and on termination.

This seminar will include:

  • Introduction to the business format franchise model as a way of owning a business
  • Advising prospective franchisees on the implications of signing a Franchise Agreement
  • Comment on how Health and Safety in Employment, Competition and Employment laws impact on content and performance of Franchise Agreements
  • When franchising goes bad and how to deal with common disputes that arising in franchising
  • What to do when the franchisor does not perform
  • Update on enforceability of restraints of trade in franchising
  • What does lack of good faith look like in the franchise context?

Learning objectives

After attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • More confidently advise clients contemplating starting or purchasing a franchise business.
  • Know what look for when reviewing a Franchise Agreement and how to usefully summarise client risks and options.
  • Have an up to date knowledge of how the courts may deal with franchise disputes, breaches and restraints.
  • Understand how to secure the best deal for a franchisee client who wants to exit their franchise and understand the “how not to” methods of resolving franchise disputes.

Who should attend

Commercial lawyers, general practitioners.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Auckland 21 February
Live Web Stream 21 February


Sarah Pilcher web Sarah Pilcher
Principal, The Franchise Lawyer, Auckland

Sarah has over 20 years legal experience working with businesses and entrepreneurial business owners. She deals with all aspects of owning and operating businesses for her clients, with a particular focus on franchise work. Sarah has had in-house roles and worked outside the law including ownership of a non-legal business. Working in and owning businesses has given Sarah a genuine understanding of the issues owners and managers have to deal with, and the need to keep the commercial objectives in sight when advising on legal risks and options. She has written or reviewed 100s of Franchise Agreements, has represented many well-known franchise systems and companies and is a regular presenter at franchise seminars and webinars.

Deidre Watson web Deirdre Watson
Barrister, Auckland

Deirdre has practised as a Barrister since 1993, and is a specialist in franchise disputes. She holds an LLM (Hons), is a regular presenter on legal issues relating to franchising, writes regularly on franchise issues, lectures at Auckland University in franchising and is Vice Chair of the New Zealand Franchise Association.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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